Council Tax - 10 or 25 per cent discount

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Reclaiming Mortgage Fees, Council Tax, etc
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A friend and his wife have a flat as part of their jobs on which they pay full council tax. They also own a house which is not occupied on which they also pay full council tax less a 10 per cent discount.

Is there anything wrong with each just registering for one of the two properties so that the 25 per cent single occupier discount is claimed for each?

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  • fed_up_and_stressedfed_up_and_stressed Forumite
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    If they are not physically living seperately at the 2 properties then yes it is Fraud
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    edited 17 January 2014 at 10:54PM
    Is there anything wrong with each just registering for one of the two properties so that the 25 per cent single occupier discount is claimed for each?
    Yes , as above. One of the properties is only being occupied on a temporary basis and therefor the single person discount cannot be claimed on that the property.

    The property they are living in only for work purposes is their second home and council tax should be getting paid at the full rate on their home property.
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a specialist Council Tax paralegal assisting landlords and Council Tax payers with council tax disputes and valuation tribunals. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
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    CIS wrote: »
    Yes , as above. One of the properties is only being occupied on a temporary basis and therefor the single person discount cannot be claimed on that the property.

    The property they are living in only for work purposes is their second home and council tax should be getting paid at the full rate on their home property.

    Thanks for that. The couple have no intention of separating or committing fraud. They are receiving 10 per cent discount on the owned property as it is empty.

    It is slightly complicated as the owned house is purely owned by the wife, and the husband has the job with the flat but there is no objection to the wife staying there. They do not wish to sell or let the house in case the job ceases to exist in which case they would be homeless.

    To me as an outsider, it appears unfair that they have to pay two full amounts of council tax, but rules is rules.
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  • CISCIS Forumite
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    To me as an outsider, it appears unfair that they have to pay two full amounts of council tax, but rules is rules.
    They're not paying two full charges though as they have the 10% discount - it does however appear, based on what you have said, that the discount may have been applied the wrong way around though.
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a specialist Council Tax paralegal assisting landlords and Council Tax payers with council tax disputes and valuation tribunals. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
  • terrywterryw Forumite
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    CIS wrote: »
    They're not paying two full charges though as they have the 10% discount - it does however appear, based on what you have said, that the discount may have been applied the wrong way around though.

    Thanks again. Sorry I don't understand your kind reply. Surely the discount on the owned property is correct as it is empty?
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    Council Tax has some odd concepts - one of these is 'sole or main residence'

    If they have left the owned property only to work elsewhere then the absence is classed only as a temporary absence from the property (even if it's for years at a time) and for council tax purposes it's still classed as their main residence and , as such, still occupied.
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a specialist Council Tax paralegal assisting landlords and Council Tax payers with council tax disputes and valuation tribunals. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
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